You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of night nor of darkness.
Therefore let us not sleep as others do, but let us watch and be sober.
(1 Thessalonians 5: 5-6 NKJV)
We are told not to sleep. Why? Because things are really moving fast in this world. The stock markets continue to beat an upward trend, some say, unrealistically. In pursuit of wealth, we are polluting the oceans and rivers, warming the earth and melting the polar caps, denuding our forests and forcing animal and plant life into extinction. Nations are militarising. Meanwhile, the Spratly islands dispute gathers heat, China and the US have sailed their fleets into southeast Asian waters, and North Korea has fired long-range missiles. Not good!
How do we make sense of all the challenges and stupidity the human race is inflicting on itself? There is so much gender, racial, religious, ethnic, national and global hubris! Futurists say, we are heading for another mass extinction of life on earth. That’s why many are looking at Mars as an alternative planet to colonize. Scary! Keep your eyes on Jesus. He is alive and speaking to His people. We are called by Him not to give up, but to work while it is still day. Why? Because we belong to the light. We are sons and daughters of light. Not of night or darkness.
This year, the Protestant Church celebrates its fifth centenary. Yes, it was 1517 when Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses on the door of the castle church at Wittenberg. Yet in many places the church has sadly, compromised with the world. However in Asia, Africa and Latin America, the church has advanced into the cities, but, many challenges still loom. Terrorism is still active. A whole town in Mindanao is under militant Muslim rule. Kelantan now allows for public caning. Brunei is a Syariah state. Taiwan has legalized gay marriages. Still, we must never give up shining the light of the gospel through our lives and work! And we must not sleep but remain sober and watch in intercession against darkness. We must remind ourselves. We are sons and daughters of light!
2017 YEAR OF OVERFLOWING LIFE
Ps Dr Philip Lyn